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Qualifier Tanasugarn wins Den Bosch title
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 22 - 06 - 2008

Thai qualifier Tamarine Tanasugarn defeated French Open finalist and world number nine Dinara Safina 7-5, 6-3 to win the Den Bosch Open on Saturday.
Tanasugarn, ranked 85, won her first title on grass after surviving a break in the first set and winning a hard-fought second set in which she saved eight break points.
“One day you play really good, the next day – I just was not myself on the court,” Safina, who reached the final with an easy victory over fellow-Russian and top seed Elena Dementieva, told a packed center court. “(Tanasugarn) plays very different, she has some unbelievable angles and just made me go crazy in the mind.”
In the men's event, Spanish top seed David Ferrer disposed of unseeded Marc Gicquel of France 6-4, 6-2.
Radwanska wins Eastbourne
Polish teenager Agnieszka Radwanska won the biggest prize of her career when she beat Russian Nadia Petrova in a close-fought final at the Eastbourne International tournament on Saturday.
The fourth-seeded Radwanska triumphed 6-4, 7-6, 6-4 in a final that stretched over two hours 37 minutes at the grasscourt Wimbledon warm-up event.
Petrova, seeded eighth, saved three match points to take the second set to a tiebreak which she won 13-11. Both women took time out for medical treatment in the deciding set which went with serve until the ninth game.
Petrova saved another match point with the help of the net cord before putting a backhand into the net to give 19-year-old Radwanska her first Tier II title on the WTA Tour.
Karlovic retains title
Croatian Ivo Karlovic won the Nottingham Open for the second successive year on Saturday, beating Spain's Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 in a closely-fought final.
The match was moved indoors after heavy rain made play impossible on the outdoor grass.
Serving dominated the final and in the first set the only break of serve came in the 12th game.
Third seed Verdasco had the upper hand in the second set, producing powerful and accurate serves to keep Karlovic at bay and winning the tiebreak 7-4.
After an exchange of breaks in the deciding set, the title came down to another tiebreak. A double fault from world number 21 Verdasco at 8-8 gave fourth seed Karlovic the opportunity to seal victory.
From next year, the Nottingham ATP tournament event will be combined with the women's event in the southern English seaside resort of Eastbourne.
Murray talks up
Wimbledon chances
The clouds were gathering over Wimbledon on Saturday but British number one Andy Murray assured an expectant home crowd he is ready to put on a bright and breezy display.
The 21-year-old Scotsman was in confident mood despite pulling out of last week's Queen's Club tournament with an injury, believing he is ready to deliver where former Brits Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski failed.
“I showed by my results against a lot of the top guys that I can definitely win against them,” he said.
Murray has yet to get beyond the fourth round in any of his 10 Grand Slam appearances, reaching that stage three events running at Wimbledon, the US Open in 2006 and the 2007 Australian Open.
But this time around, Murray has the experience – and perhaps even the wisdom – to mount a serious challenge at the two-week grasscourt fiesta. “I think the older you get and the more experience you get of playing in Slams, you learn what you like to do and what works best. All of those things kind of add up.
“But in terms of actually on the court, it's about being consistent through the whole fortnight.” He added: “You don't want to be playing your best tennis at the start of the tournament, but you want to make sure you're playing at a high level so you don't get taken into too many tough matches early on.”


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